The Illinois State Board of Education has asked school districts to help promote two new COVID-relief programs to families. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children. The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17. To learn more, click the link below:
The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program that provides discounts of up to $50 a month for internet service at home. Participants also get a one-time discount of up to $100 for a device (purchased through a participating provider). A household can qualify if at least one member:
Participates in a federal assistance programs like SNAP or Medicaid;
Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school meal program;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
Lost a job or experienced a substantial loss of income during the pandemic.
To find out if you qualify, go to emergencybroadband.org or call 833-511-0311. For more information, see the flyers below: